Miss Millie talks about Autism and what she has learned since working with Perform-Ability.
Hey Miss Millie!
In light of World Autism Awareness Day, we thought we would check in with you to ask you some questions about Autism.
So, what do you know about Autism?
I know that children with Autism like routine. When choreographing routines for our classes, I keep in mind that our students with Autism usually prefer to have the stability of the same moves rather than having our dances change from week to week. Our students with Autism also tend to like to know time frames for example, if there is a performance coming up, they like to know the details of when and where so that they can grasp how long there is to practice.
I keep in mind that our students with Autism usually prefer to have the stability of the same moves rather than having our dances change from week to week.
Fantastic! And how has working with Perform-Ability changed your view or opened your mind up to people living with autism.
I used to live with a friend who had Autism so I had a small understanding of how different things impacted them and how important it is to listen to what they are saying and feeling and to work with them to gain a better understanding.
Yes, it is so important to take the time to listen to people. So often I think people tend to take the easy road and not always listen fully to what someone is trying to communicate. Do you have any success stories you would like to share with us about an in class experience you may have had with a student who has Autism?
Success story… yes of course. Wonderful Liam. I know he still doesn't like doing certain moves or dance to certain music that he feels is “sexy” or slightly provocative (confident hip moves!) he is now willing to try new moves especially in the performance class. He will now do body rolls and small shimmy’s and it is so fantastic to see him reaching these goals of participation.
Thanks Miss Millie, it was so great to talk with you today!
Miss Miranda, Founder of Perform-Ability